Six of the best... for better smartphone snaps

ILCE-QX1 from sony.co.uk.
ILCE-QX1 from sony.co.uk.

olloclip 4-in-1 Lens - £59.95 from store.apple.com/uk: The digital zoom on your handset is about the one feature that almost everyone would change. OK, so we’ve got double digit megapixel counts, but for decent zooming, you’ll need this. Packing four top-notch lenses into one gadget, it just slides onto your iPhone and you’re ready to shoot. It has two macro lenses (x10 and x15), a wide-angle lens, which near doubles the field of view, and a fish eye that captures the world as if seen through the eyes of a Koi Carp.

Me-Shot Deluxe - £47.99 from www.xsories.co.uk: Ever been at a sports event, concert or parade and tried to reach up and take a snap? You usually end up with the top of other folks’ heads, right? The Me-Shot holds your mobile and can extend up to 93cm in the air to take fantastic aerials or some superb selfies too, just click on the included Bluetooth remote and you’ll be snapping happy.

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Smartphone Time-lapse Turntable - £19.99 from www.firebox.com: Amazing panoramic shots are no longer the domain of the high-end DSLR-owning crew, who have loads of extra expensive kit. With one of the many free apps available and this stand, you’ll be taking pan-tastic images too. Slip your smartphone on board, set your panoramic shot (90- 360 degrees) and start. It works a bit like a kitchen timer, and makes a smooth movement across your subject matter.

FujiFilm Instax Share SP-1 Printer - £129.99 from www.thefowndry.com: There’s no need to lock up your image in its digital dungeon, never to see the light of day until you go to a shop to get them printed. This instant portable printer lets you snap and share right away, uses no ink and prints out an image of 62mm x 46mm in 16 seconds. Pricey yes, but unique.

Smartphone Camera Remote - £14.99 from www.firebox.com: So the main issue with taking selfies is that generally, only one person can get their face in the frame, while others have an ear, forehead or more missing. This remote can help: place your phone on the supplied stand in portrait or landscape at up to three metres away, and then gather round in front of the lens and click the remote. Job done.

ILCE-QX1 Lens-Style Camera with 20.1MP Sensor - £249.00 from www.sony.co.uk: This amazing piece of kit from Sony is effectively a bodiless DSLR camera, it takes 20.1 megapixel snaps, but sends them via WiFi to your smartphone or tablet. You can choose to clip it on securely to the camera or totally separately to take top quality shots. You can attach a number of other lens styles to capture all manner of different photography styles, the QX1 also features a built-in flash.

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App of the Week: Puzzle Chef - free on iTunes. This free game from developers gumi lets players combine several ingredients to become the best of chefs and attempt to prepare appetising dishes. The more skilfully you mix the ingredients, the more points you’ll get and this, in turn, gets you better cooking utensils. With 75 levels spread over five worlds, it’s a decent play for budding chefs.

Top 10 Paid Apps

1. Minecraft: Pocket Edition

2. Five Nights at Freddy’s

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3. The Chase

4. Tipping Point

5. Time To Escape

6. Nav for Google Maps

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7. Sky Block: Mini Survival Game With Block Multiplayer

8. Terraria

9. Learn Spanish with MosaLingua

10. Sacra Terra: Kiss of Death

Top 10 Free Apps

1. Threes!

2. The Secret Society: Hidden Mystery

3. Frozen Free Fall

4. Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II

5. Rope’n’Fly 4

6. OfficeSuite Professional 7

7. The Sims Freeplay

8. Prime Instant Video

9. Candy Crush Saga

10. Farm Heroes Saga

(Both charts courtesy of amazon.co.uk)